Melinda: Jennifer, I think you would like this book. There are puppies!

Me: PUPPIES! I have to read this book!

I’m more of a cat person but I love any story that involves animals. When Melinda told me puppies were involved, I knew I had to read this book.

This is the second book in the Wounded Love series. I have not read the first book (I bought it immediately after finishing this book and it’s on my TBR now) but I didn’t feel lost at all while reading Soldier’s Heart. I’m definitely going back and reading the first book though so I can see how the series began.

Surviving every soldier’s worst nightmare is enough for Isaiah Wright to want nothing more than to give into the guilt that consumes him. Four years after losing her fiancé, Emma Nicholls also knows pain. Emma has set up her own business providing service dogs to veterans which brings Isaiah into her life. But Isaiah doesn’t like dogs! Say what?! Who doesn’t like dogs?! However, after prompting from his therapist he seeks out Emma and her dogs.

Of course the sparks fly between Isaiah and Emma. The only complaint I have about this book is what I felt was a lack of interaction between Emma and Isaiah, an establishing of their relationship. We see the passage of time but I didn’t feel like the time they spent together was about really getting to know each other. Maybe I missed it between all the cute puppy antics? It made their love story slightly unbelievable. Although I appreciate the fact that there was a slow build up to their relationship. I enjoy love stories a lot more when the characters don’t run straight to bed but instead get to know one another first. There’s also a mystery element to the story, which I loved. It added some great suspense. And what’s going on with Emma’s friend and business partner, Joey? I hope Ms. Green will tell his story in an upcoming book.

Anytime I read a book regarding our military I’m always struck again by how much members of our military give for our country.

“I still think soldier’s heart is a great metaphor. Because while your hearts might not physically change like they once believed, not a single one of you comes back the same man you were before you left. Not damaged. Just changed. You can’t go through something like war and combat and expect to be unaffected by it. It’s not possible. You all leave with civilian hearts. But you return with the hearts of soldiers. Hearts full of loss. Of fear and sadness. But also full of bravery and strength. You put your life on the line for the lives and freedom of others.”

The animal lover in me LOVED this book. There were several heartbreaking scenes between Isaiah and the dogs. Have your tissues ready!

“My dog is like one of my children. I’d be a nervous wreck if something happened to him. Some people don’t understand these animals are more than pets to us. They’re family.”

Do you love soldier’s, puppies and a good romance story? Then go grab your copy of Soldier’s Heart now.

I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Soldier’s Heart

Author: Megan Green

Release Date: March 29, 2016

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